FAQ - Master's Programmes at DSV

Below you will find answers to the most common questions regarding application, requirements and study format (distance or campus).


Application process

DSV’s Master’s Programmes start once a year, in September.

Next opportunity to apply is for programme start in the autumn of 2024. The application round is open from mid-October to mid-January. You will find exact dates on the University Admission website closer to the admission round.

More information on key dates and deadlines

First, find the programme you want to apply for here: Master’s programmes at DSV

When the application period is open, you will find a blue button for application on each programme's page. The link leads to the central application web site universityadmissions.se. The site contains all the information you need to be able to apply: key dates, documents you need to upload and more.

Please contact the staff at University Admissions with issues regarding the admission process.

You must submit documentation to demonstrate your eligibility for the courses and programmes you have applied for. 

Here you will find information about required documents

Find out what’s required based on your country of study

Note that for The Master's programme in Information Security 120 credits and The Master's programme in IT Project Management 60 credits, it is mandatory to submit a motivation letter. Find the details under "How to apply" on each programme's page.


It depends on the programme you are applying for. The admission board will not consider CV or recommendation letters, but for two programmes it is mandatory to submit a motivation letter. 

The two programmes are:

The Master's programme in Information Security 120 credits

The Master's programme in IT Project Management 60 credits

Find the details under "How to apply" on each programme's page.

It depends on the programme you are applying for.

Programmes where the selection of students is based solely on grades of academic courses and no other documents like CV, recommendation letter or motivation letter are considered:

  • Master's Programme in Computer and Systems Sciences, 120 credits
  • Master's Programme in Design for Creative and Immersive Technology, 120 credits
  • Master´s Programme in Open eGovernment, 120 credits
  • Master’s Programme in Strategic Information Systems Management, 120 credits
  • One Year Master’s Programme in Artificial Intelligence, 60 credits

Programmes where the selection of students is based both on grades of academic courses and on a mandatory motivation letter:

  • Master´s Programme in Information Security, 120 credits
  • One Year Master’s Programme in IT Project Management, 60 credits


The admission result for Autumn 2023 is published on March 30


Tuition and application fees

Students with citizenship in countries outside the EU/EEA, or Switzerland, are required to pay application and tuition fees for studies at Stockholm University.
Find out if you need to pay fees

The application fee is 900 SEK (Swedish kronor) for each registration (regardless of the number of search options)

The tuition fee for Master’s Programmes (except Master's programme in Health informatics*) at DSV is 135 000 SEK (Swedish kronor) each academic year.

*Joint Master's Programme in Health informatics is 165 000 SEK (Swedish kronor) each academic year.

You pay for one semester at the time in advance. The first instalment of the tuition fee must be paid in order for the Swedish Migration Agency to start processing your application for a resident permit for studies.



Students in their last year of studies who don't yet have documentation of their soon to be completed degree, can be accepted by universities. 
If/when admitted you will be admitted with “condition”. This means that you have to show your diploma at the department when the semester starts to be able to begin your studies here.

Information on how to apply when you are on your final year of bachelor's studies

If you do not fulfill the entry requirements through formal qualifications, you can apply to get your eligibility evaluated based on knowledge acquired in other ways.
Information on validation of prior learning


Specific requirements

Unfortunately the department is not able to give advance notice regarding specific requirements. Only the Admission board can consider your documents. All applicants must apply via University admissions and upload documents for the Admission board to review.

In order to fulfil the specific entry requirement of 22.5 credits/ECTS in programming and 7.5 credits/ECTS in databases for the Master's programme in Artificial Intelligence, you need to have obtained at least 30 credits (in total) in these subjects, either as part of your previous education or independent courses.

Any programming language course (Python, C, C++, Java, Javascript etc.) is acceptable as long as it includes hands-on programming (writing actual code). Any programming language type is acceptable (object-oriented, procedural, logic-based etc.) provided that the course content includes at least the basic knowledge to understand and use the language in practice.
Please note again that the course needs to involve code implementation so courses which only include mark-up languages (i.e. HTML, XML), style sheet languages (i.e. CSS) are not counted in.
The database-related courses are acceptable as long as they involve implementation and not only using the database (i.e. queries).

Note: If you wish to include independent courses, remember that they need to be offered by an accredited University. Courses offered by online learning platforms (Coursera, Udemy etc.) are not counted in.


Language requirements

All courses and programmes at Stockholm University require proof of proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary school course English 6. 
Here you will find information how to meet the English requirements

If you have questions regarding language requirements, please contact the Admissions Office at study@su.se

Deadline for receipt of supporting academic documents is 1 February 2023.

Unfortunately no late documents or test results are accepted. All courses and programmes at Stockholm University require proof of proficiency in English and the admissions regulations at Stockholm University do not admit acceptance of applicants who do not fulfil the English requirement.


Late application

No, it is only possible to apply for masters programmes at DSV in the first admission round from mid-October to mid-January.

If the admission is closed, you are not able to apply. Occasionally some programmes are open for late application. In that case it is indicated at University admissions.


Reserve list

The department practices excess admission, which means that normally we do not call for reserves. If places are available, the department will contact the student in numerical order according to the reserve list.


Distance studies (online)

Distance programmes are fully taught online. All teaching is conducted via our learning platform. Distance programmes have no compulsory meetings or lectures on campus in Stockholm. 

Full-time studies (100% study pace) demand an approx. 40-hour study-week. Half-time studies (50% study pace) demand an approx. 20-hour study-week.

The programmes are somewhat flexible regarding the time of the day, but group work and compulsory live online seminars will occur. You need to follow the course outline during the weeks the course is scheduled. When the course is scheduled, you will get feedback, help and results on your assignment and group work from the teachers. If you decide to not take or complete one course, you have to wait until the next time the course is scheduled to take or finish it. Some courses are given only once a year.

How does distance studies at 50% study pace work for the Master's programme in IT project management, 60 credits?

Programme coordinator Gunnar Wettergren explains in this video.





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